April 5-May 3 (Weds) 2-4pm – Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female?

“Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman-honoring adult religious education curriculum of feminist theology that examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that worshipped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants. More than Goddess 101, this workshop series examines important elements of today’s women’s lives: personal, interpersonal and societal.

Offering a 5 session course for women beginning on Wednesday, April 4 and running for 5 consecutive weeks from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, Maine. Facilitated by Carol Leonard.

Pre-registration is required ($10 fee for materials, payable at the first class). Contact Eileen at the UUCE office for more information or to register: 207-667-4393 or office@uuellsworth.org.

The title for the curriculum comes from the book of Jeremiah in the Hebrew Bible wherein God speaks to Jeremiah, saying: “Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven and to pour out libations to the Goddess, in order to anger me!” (Jeremiah, 7:17-18).

Carol Leonard is a midwife and is the author of the best-selling memoir, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart, A Midwife’s Saga, Bad Beaver Publishing, 2010. To order, go to Amazon or www.badbeaverpublishing.com.

Jan. 26, 6pm – PASA Sponsors film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point”

PASA Sponsors “Fix It”
Maine All Care will be showing the film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” at UUCE on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6 pm. (A snow date of February 2 is planned.) After the film, there will be a panel discussion on universal healthcare in Maine led by Hancock County healthcare providers and business leaders. Refreshments will be offered following the program. There is no charge and all are welcome. Please contact Bruce Becque at 207-667-6601 for additional information.

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

Maine All Care is a non-partisan and non-profit organization, committed to educating the public and policy makers in Maine to improve the current healthcare system in Maine making it accessible and affordable for all. Maine All Care is dedicated to the goal of achieving universal, high quality, and affordable healthcare for all residents of Maine.

Local chapters work to inform and educate our neighbors about the need to transform the current healthcare system into a state wide, publicly funded universal healthcare system. This is done through community health forums, guided discussions, film screenings, and other community sponsored events. There are currently nine active chapters in Maine.

February 9, 6-8pm: MaineTransNet Program

MaineTransNet Program at Ellsworth Church

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth (UUCE) and MaineTransNet (MTN) will be co-sponsoring a workshop on Friday, February 9 (snow date: Friday, February 16), from 6:00 to 8:00pm entitled “Tour for Trans Allies” at UUCE at 121 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth. This program is free. For additional information, please email: Quinn Gormley at quinn@mainetransnet.org.

The program will address: terminology, gender theory, and use of pronouns. There also will be a discussion on the “Pillars of Allyship”: five ways to support friends and the local trans community. The “tour” will bring this training, along with a panel of local trans people, to all 16 counties in the state of Maine at least once. 

MaineTransNet facilitates peer support groups for trans people and allies in addition to providing avenues for social networking and public dialogue. MTN directs people to available resources and provides training and education opportunities. 

With the transgender community expanding rapidly in a politically hostile environment, MaineTransNet is working to generate as many allies as possible in every corner of Maine. The transgender community is strongest when supported by many friends, and individual trans people are more likely to thrive when the people in their lives know how support them.

Tour for Trans Allies sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth and Maine TransNet.

Friday, February 9, 2018
6-8pm
The Unitarian Universalist Church
121 Bucksport Rd.
Ellsworth

This program is free. For additional information, please email: Quinn Gormley at quinn@mainetransnet.org.

Sun, Mar 1 & 8, Introduction to UU and UUCE, Rev. Sara Huisjen & friends

Sunday afternoons at UUCE March 1st and March 8th from 1-2:30 pm

Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism?
Do you have questions you’d like answered about the UU faith and this congregation in particular?
Are you potentially interested in becoming a new member at UUCE?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, please consider joining Rev. Sara and a several long time church members this class. Everyone is welcome.

To register, call or email Alison, Church Administrator at office@uuellsworth.org or 667-4393.

Climate Change at UUCE

PASA (Peace and Social Action Committee) and Adult RE are planning a book group on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” which has some great ideas on how we can move forward with the challenge of climate change.  She argues that unregulated capitalism will not allow meaningful action on the climate crisis we face.

We plan to have three meetings on the book, so folks will have time to read it gradually or be able to participate even if they have to miss a meeting.  We will probably start in late January and plan to announce it to the community at large.  Several members of the Community Union want to attend.  If you think you might be interested, please let us know soon when you would like to begin.  You might be able to get the book at your local library – Ellsworth Library has a copy.

In the meantime, 350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby Maine have a presence in Bangor.  The next meeting of 350 Bangor is January 12 at 6:30 pm in Bangor, Panda Garden Restaurant.  Some of us have talked about a 350 Ellsworth.

Please contact Martha Dickinson, marthad@gwi.net, 667-5863, to sign up or for more information.

Jan 20 – Mar 3, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am, “Grieving On the Installment Plan” (G.R.I.P).

A seven week program for caregivers is being offering starting January 20th: Grieving On the Installment Plan (G.R.I.P). For additional information, please contact Anne Ossanna at 374-5612.  Pre-registration is required; please contact church administrator, Alison Stephens, 667-4393, office@uuellsworth.org. There is no fee for this series.  Space is limited to 12 attendees.

For the caregiver of a person with a progressively degenerative disease such as Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Congestive Heart Failure or crippling Arthritis, the emotional consequences of the related incremental losses can be experienced as “grieving on the installment plan,” as the grieving process is protracted over the course of many months or many years.  As each new rung on the downward ladder of debilitation is reached and the loss of vitality and autonomy are experienced, a fresh sense of defeat and anticipated bereavement can emerge.  Professionals working with caregivers have recognized the lack of support resources available to address this specific and yet profound aspect of the caregiver’s burden.

The Grieving on the Installment Plan (GR.I.P.) Support Group curriculum was created in an effort to support caregivers of people with chronic illnesses who have unique experiences that significantly impact their lives and their respective experiences of grieving over time.  With the generous support of a grant from the Weinberg Foundation, professionals from Friendship Cottage (Anne Ossanna), Hancock County Home Care and Hospice (Rev. Sara Huisjen), and Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County (Mary-Carol Griffin) worked together to create this curriculum.

The Adult Religious Education Committee at UUCE is pleased to offer this 7 week series to members/friends of our congregation who are caregiving for a loved one.  The series will begin on Tuesday, January 20th and will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30 am until March 3rd at UUCE.  This series is limited to 12 caregivers and pre-registration through Alison is required.  Attendees commit to attend each session.  The series will be facilitated by Anne Ossanna (Friendship Cottage), Amy Westcott (Hancock County Homecare and Hospice), and Janice Ronco (Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County).  Rev. Sara Huisjen will be available at several of the sessions for pastoral support.

As former First Lady Rosalyn Carter has said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world:  Those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.”  It is our hope this interactive series will allow those caregivers who experience grieving on the installment plan to meet this challenge with improved skills, knowledge, and support.